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Great Bend thespians compete in Wichita talent show
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Joy Conner, Great Bend High School senior, used her voice and ukulele skills to place third in a highly competitive talent competition in Wichita recently. The photo is from the Fall Mic Night sponsored by the GBHS library. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Great Bend High School’s got talent and students proved it last weekend during a trip to Wichita.
“Sixteen very talented Panther theater students gathered with more than 1,200 Kansas theatre students,” said Dan Heath, GBHS theater teacher. “Our actors and technicians enjoyed plays, workshops, activities and fellowship.”  
During the three-day conference, several local students were honored by the Kansas Thespian Society for their outstanding performances, Heath said.  
Chase Pumford, GBHS senior, was selected as one of seven students to perform his monologue on the main stage of Century II in front of an audience of nearly 1,500 people.  
Joy Conner, senior, used her incredible voice and ukulele skills to place third in a highly competitive talent competition, he said.
Marcus Allen and Estella Schumaker, both seniors, placed second in the pantomime-to- music competition by performing an original-movement piece choreographed by Allen.
The improvisation team consisting of Pumford, David Webster, senior, Andre Parks, senior, and Mark Stevens, junior, earned a spot in semi-final competition and finished in the top 10 using their acting and comedy skills.